Frequently Asked Questions
How to know if your child/spouse is using drugs?
- Sudden mood swings
- Loss of appetite, a change in eating patterns like sudden binging on sweet.
- Unusual aggression or apathy
- Sudden and unexpected change of friends
- Loss of interest in hobbies, family, sport, work, school…
- Dramatic changes in school or work performance
- Becoming secretive, furtive behavior, lying
- Changing in sleeping patterns and bouts of drones
- Unusual smell or stains on the body, clothes and around house
- Unexplained disappearing of possessions and money
- Disappearing from home
- Disappearance of medicine or alcohol
- Change in appearance, less interest in personal hygiene, Weight loss or gain
- Drug-related paraphernalia such as needles, foil, glass tubes or cigarette rolling papers.
Why do people take drugs?
- Peer pressure– to be accepted, to be popular, to impress friends.
- Stress management– to relieve stress; keep calm; take away loneliness.
- To forget and solve financial, social and sexual problems.
- Enjoyment, excitement and fun– to feel good; to be happy, to get energy.
- Poor self-image—taking drugs is not only a mean of conveying an image to other to others; it is a way of conveying an image to you.
- Risk taking and rebellion: the potential negative consequences of taking drugs, coupled with the fact that they are illegal, can make drugs a more exciting prospect (forbidden fruit).
- Out of curiosity: to experiment
- Body concept: to become thin, to build muscles
- Availability of affordable drugs in school, universities and society in general
- Addiction: to avoid withdrawal symptoms once dependent!!!
The Cost of Rehab vs. the Cost of Addiction?
While the cost of rehab may be a deterrent for some people, it’s important to remember the cost of addiction. Addiction comes with many financial costs:
- The cost of the drugs, themselves.
- Lost productivity at work.
- Criminal fines.
- Medical bills for health issues associated with addiction.
In addition, addiction costs substance abusers dearly in other ways – from the deterioration of relationships and lost career goals to overall unhappiness and poor health.
Thankfully, those seeking rehab often don’t have to bear the full cost of rehab.
Some Medical Aids will offer full or partial coverage for rehabilitation programs. The admissions officer will be able to explain how this process works.
SFK offers space for reduced fees, however space is limited and there is a few requirements which the admissions officer will explain.
Who qualifies for the treatment at SFK (Shepherd’s Field)?
Male service users of the age of 18 years and older.
Voluntary & Involuntary intakes.
What is the procedure to follow for admission?
- Obtain application form from the office or download from the website. An assessment must be completed by a private Social Worker and faxed with application form.
- Complete and send back via fax or e-mail.
- Screening will take place and you will be notified via phone and letter whether the application was successful.
- Admission date will be given.
- You have 7 days to accept or decline the admission date.
All queries regarding the above can be followed up with admissions officer
What Happens in Addiction Rehab?
An important early part of many addiction rehab efforts is detoxification (or detox). During detox, the body rids itself of the toxic influences of drugs and/or alcohol. While the detox experience will vary greatly based on the specific type of substance that has been used, many people experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms – symptoms that proper treatment can help safely alleviate. At SFK we do not detox and require all prospective service users to detox before admission. The admissions officer will provide information on this.
Rehab continues, however, even after detox is complete. Individuals may engage in group and individual therapy to recognize and address the underlying causes of their addiction. They will learn how to cope with future use temptations and practice substance refusal skills in order to prevent relapse.
Once an individual has successfully completed a rehab treatment program, various aftercare services may be available for alumni to take advantage of. These services include support groups, ongoing therapy and sober living arrangements, if needed. SFK will refer service users back to the referring Social Worker for supervision.
Does Rehab Cure Addiction?
Regardless of its duration, drug and alcohol addiction treatment doesn’t necessarily conclude after the service user exits our programme. Addiction to a drug is not often something that is easily “cured.”
Recovery from substance abuse and addiction can be an ongoing, lifelong process. The “cure” to addiction is the ongoing decision to say “no” in the face of substance temptation – an abstinence practice that requires a lot of hard work and dedication.
Rehab vs. Recovery
Rehab helps people learn how to cope with drug cravings and get through times when relapse temptation is strong. It also helps people learn the skills necessary to prepare for the day-to-day struggles of recovering from addiction and how to address the things that may have contributed to the substance problem in the first place.
Long-term recovery, however, may involve ongoing therapy – both in individual and group form – and attendance at 12-step or non-12-step support meetings. Some individuals find additional activities key for supporting their ongoing recovery. These activities may include meditation, Church groups, exercise or art, to name a few examples.
What Happens If I Relapse?
Relapse should not be viewed as a failure – but should instead be seen as an obstacle to overcome on one’s lifelong journey to sobriety. It provides an opportunity to reassess one’s path and get back into a program that offers the support and help needed to maintain sobriety.
Many struggling with addiction complete more than one stay in rehab before they are able to find their footing in their recovery journey.
All-in-all, the only thing that can “cure” addiction is you – but rehab will help you build strong skills and defenses to maintain your abstinence and will support you through your recovery struggles.
Where Should I Attend Rehab? Locally or Far Away?
Many individuals seeking rehab travel to a rehab facility away from their home area. This is beneficial in some cases, as it removes users from their home environment, where they are used to abusing drugs or alcohol.
In such a distinctly separate location, those attending rehab are able to fully focus on their addiction issues, free of outside distractions or temptations from work, family and friends.
If you choose outpatient treatment, you may wish to opt for a facility that is closer to home so you don’t have to travel far each day. If you have family obligations, a rehab facility close to home can alleviate stress as you balance home responsibilities with your recovery treatment.
Which Is Better – Inpatient or Outpatient Rehab?
Inpatient facilities are rehab centers that offer 24-hour care from staff personnel. Hospital inpatient services have medical staff members present at all times – while non-hospital inpatient, or residential rehabs may provide intermittent services from healthcare professionals. Both types of inpatient facilities allow service users to live at the facility.
Inpatient treatment is the most comprehensive form of treatment, allowing service users to fully focus on their addiction and recovery with 24-hour care. Since service users are removed from the stress of their regular lives, they are often better able to work through their addiction issues.
Rehab programs can include group therapy, individual therapy and even complementary therapies such as meditation, animal therapy or outdoor activities.
Inpatient rehab is often sought by those with addictions that have been long-standing, addictions to multiple substances and dual diagnosis conditions – or coexisting medical or mental health conditions. It may also be a good option for those who have made previous rehabilitation efforts (either inpatient or outpatient) and have since relapsed.
Outpatient facilities allow a service user to come for treatment, therapy and other services – but then leave and go home at the end of the treatment sessions. This structure lets a person continue a normal work, school or home life while seeking treatment. These facilities tend to be better for those with short-term addictions.
Outpatient programs can vary – some involve all-day sessions whereas others may only treat patients for an hour or two per day.
Costs of outpatient care are usually lower than those of inpatient care because there are fewer amenities and fewer staff hours involved in direct care. Because patients can leave, patients do not have to pay for the around-the-clock care.
Can I Lose My Job for Attending Rehab?
While you may experience some fear of losing your job if you attend rehab, you may, in fact, be more likely to lose your job if you don’t get help. If you are struggling with a substance abuse problem, it is possible that your boss may already suspect it.
By avoiding addiction help, your struggle may eventually become apparent anyway, as the consequences of your substance abuse may cause your work performance to suffer.
While current drug abuse may constitute legal grounds for terminating an individual’s employment, the decision of whether or not to fire an employee who is not actively using but is pursuing rehabilitation will lie with the particular company in question.
Some companies may recognize your initiative and desire to improve, and your recovery efforts may well be supported by the company that you work for. If that is not the case in your company, however, you will need to decide for yourself when your personal health and wellbeing take priority over the possible risk of having to look for a new job after rehab.
How Do I Get Time Off of Work to Attend Rehab?
Employee Assistance Programs
If you choose to self-enroll, employee assistance programs (EAPs) allow you to work through a treatment program without your supervisor ever having to know about your problem. If you are having issues with productivity at work due to substance abuse, however, your boss may decide to refer you to an EAP – in which case, your employer would be more involved in your treatment and recovery process.
Family and Medical Leave Act
You may also look into your employer’s coverage under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows a certain amount of unpaid leave to cope with personal issues – even up to 12 weeks, in some cases.
Another option for taking time away from work to get help with substance abuse is to simply use accumulated vacation time to get rehabilitation help.